I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:http://backpackers.meetup.com/138/calendar/7774447/
When: July 23,[masked]:00 PM
NOTE: HIKE CHANGED DUE TO SNOW CONDITIONS
Hike Type: Loop Hike
Distance: 34 - 43.3 Miles (optional spurs)
Duration: 4 Days
Departure: Wed. July 23,[masked]:00pm
Return: Sun. July 27, 2008 (late evening)
Starting Elevation: 3,100 feet
High Elevation: 6,600 feet
Elevation Gain: 7,900+
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Hikers Allowed: Novice to Experienced
Location: Entiat Ranger District
Unfortunately I've had to change our trip plans to the backup hike. A friend of mine just returned from the Goat Rocks area and reports heavy snow on the upper reaches requiring crampons, ice axes, and roping off. The Goat Rocks trip will be rescheduled for September.
Never fear... I have an excellent backup hike planned that won't disappoint! I spoke with a Ranger friend this morning that reports the area is mostly snow free and said we should enjoy the route.
Entiat River Loop - Glacier Peak Wilderness
Wildlife is commonly seen and the scenery features two of the grandest destinations in Washington. Set in a deep mountain basin, surrounded by 9000 foot peaks, and carpeted with wildflowers, Entiat Meadows is one of the most beautiful mountain meadows in the state. By contrast, the equally impressive Ice Lakes feature a stark alpine setting with twisted trees, glacier scoured rocks, and icy summits towering all around. Add to these climaxes the many miles of lovely forests, view packed ridges, heather meadows, and deep glacial canyons, and you've got a fabulous mix of world-class splendors.
Day 1 (Wed Evening) - There are camps within a short distance from the trailhead along the Entiat River. We'll hike into the first camp Wednesday evening, make sure you bring your headlamps. This is an easy trail and should be smooth walking. I'm guessing under a half mine with almost no gain.
Day 2 (Thurs) - 8.1 Miles & 1200 Vertical - Ice Creek Junction Camp
Day 3 (Fri) - 5.1 Miles & 900 Vertical - Entiat Meadows (setup camp)
Day 3 (spur 1 - optional) - 3.4 Miles RT & 700 Vertical - Head end Entiat Meadow Valley
Day 3 (spur 2 - optional) - 4.2 Miles RT & 1400 Vertical - After dinner Tinpan Mountain for sunset
Day 4 (Sat) - (option 1) 8.7 Miles & 2600 Vertical Gain (1400 loss) - Ice Lakes
Day 4 (Sat) - (option 2 depends on snow) 10.7 Miles & 4300 Vertical Gian (1400 loss) - Ice Lakes
Day 5 (Sun) - 11.8 Miles & 2400 Vertical Loss (no gain) - Out
This ~is~ a spectacular hike with amazing scenery!
RSVP limit: 12 "Yes" RSVPs
If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Yes".)
You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup: http://backpackers.meetup.com/138/suggestion/